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My Country is Different

in May 2009 many of “us” are getting social media and do believe that “web 2.0” has the potential to be a game changer. However, the critique of the new way of organizing collective action is to be taken seriously. Some of the points policy makers from Austria, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, and the United States have voiced to me in the last weeks are:

– in my country/company, labor laws do not allow government officials to work at 10 pm at night and if the write an email from home, we have a serious problem.

– in my country/company, journalists do not get social media, so we had to buy them 100 copies of Clay Shirky’s Here comes everybody (2008) so that they would understand our politicians point.

– in my country/company, maneuvering the tension between privacy and transparency is so complicated, we would not be able to profit of increased transparency.

– in my country/company the politicians do not get what they could gain from increased transparency, collaboration, and participation.

What are the main objections you have heard in the last months? What are your counter-arguments? What will happen?

About Philipp

Philipp Müller works in the IT industry and is academic dean of the SMBS. Author of "Machiavelli.net". Proud father of three amazing children. The views expressed in this blog are his own.

04. May 2009 by Philipp
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Comments (5)

  1. ines_mergel@yahoo.com'

    My all-time favorite:

    “There are laws – we can’t publish all the information online.”

    and

    “People don’t even know what to do with the information.”

  2. ines_mergel@yahoo.com'

    My all-time favorite:

    “There are laws – we can’t publish all the information online.”

    and

    “People don’t even know what to do with the information.”

  3. violetta.pleshakova@gmail.com'

    In my country, the majority of people have never heard the words “web 2.0”
    In my country, government officials are using the computers which the state buys them with the money of the taxpayers only to type or to play solitaire
    In my country, the President has a “blog” on livejournal.com and speaks of eGovernment, but all these talks do not help until the Internet becomes accessible and accepted as a crucial technology.
    the current state of the Internet in Russia makes me sad..

  4. violetta.pleshakova@gmail.com'

    In my country, the majority of people have never heard the words “web 2.0”
    In my country, government officials are using the computers which the state buys them with the money of the taxpayers only to type or to play solitaire
    In my country, the President has a “blog” on livejournal.com and speaks of eGovernment, but all these talks do not help until the Internet becomes accessible and accepted as a crucial technology.
    the current state of the Internet in Russia makes me sad..

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